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Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for anglers
Christmas is closing fast, and with it the flurry of Christmas shopping. I have to confess that of all the outdoor enthusiasts in our family, the anglers are the most fun to shop for. There are so many options! Better still, anglers lose or wear out their gear faster than any other group, so they always need replacements. As always, you have to be careful about your gift selection when the price tag soars. The mor...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for outdoor enthusiasts
Is there anything more difficult than Christmas shopping for outdoor enthusiasts? Absolutely! The harder job is being an outdoor enthusiast and “helping” loved ones select your gifts. I get to see both sides of the challenge since I’m an outdoor nut and married to one in her own right. After more than 40 years of practice, we’ve managed to sort the problem to our satisfaction. I bet I can help you through this dif...
Dec 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Holiday deer hunts
For many Kodiak families, deer hunting turns downright serious in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This is not horn hunting with dreams of trophies on the wall. They are on a quest to put up a winter’s supply of sweet venison. Several important factors highlight holiday deer hunts. Most of the bucks have dropped one or both of their horns. And even if they still sport a pair, they’re likely to fall o...
Dec 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Thanksgiving traditions
Thanksgiving is a time for gatherings of friends and families to give thanks for our bounty. It’s also a time for great food! Every family has its traditional Thanksgiving foods, and I’m not about to try stepping between you and them. Most are too good to miss, and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. Our family enjoys its favorite array of foods too, some of them dating back through several generations. My f...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Snoeshoe hare season
Nov. 15 marks the opening of my personal snowshoe hare “season.” Kodiak has no closed season and no bag limit for the furry speedsters, but other factors make me start my hunting around this time and end it around mid-April. I prefer to wait until deer hunters are out of the hills so I don’t disturb their hunts. It just seems polite, since they only have a few days left in October, while I have roughly five months...
Nov 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting serious about ducks
Forty years of duck hunting on Kodiak have taught me an important lesson. The season may open in October, but the hunting doesn’t really turn on until the middle of November. There are enough birds to make it interesting earlier in the season, but the larger flocks don’t begin arriving until now. Best of all, these later arrivals are not schooled in the ways of the road system. They don’t know the terrain and they...
Nov 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fishing reflections
Our boat is winterized and covered, and the tackle is cleaned and stored. Those are clear signs our 2013 fishing season is over for us. If you’re still fishing, more power to you! I have to laugh a little at the psychology of our season’s end. In April we couldn’t wait for days when the temperature topped 40 degrees and the seas were calm enough to launch our boat. Come fall, even 50 degrees is too cold. Of course...
Nov 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting like our forefathers
Deer season closes on the road system this Thursday. That’s true for all but a few hunters, those who have gone through the steps to qualify for a special “primitive weapon” season running November 1 through November 14. Primitive weapons are of course muzzleloaders and bows. There are additional restrictions on the configuration of the arms, but it’s best to go directly to ADF&G for answers. They’re found on Page...
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Remote deer hunts
How is your deer season progressing? Does the looming end of the road system season threaten you with no venison in the freezer, or does the single road system deer leave too much vacant freezer space? It’s time to consider booking a hunting trip off the road system, where the season extends another two months and in most places you’re allowed to take more than one deer. Deer hunting on the road system has been ha...
Oct 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Sweet venison
One of my favorite experiences is serving Kodiak venison to guests who “don’t like venison.” It’s fun to watch their faces after the first bite. Their expressions are best described as a mixture of surprise and delight. “Wow! That can’t be venison. It’s not gamey!” But there are a few secrets leading to those happy smiles. Even if a deer comes from Kodiak, there are myriad ways to make it taste just like gamey ven...
Oct 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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